Photo of Austin Shepherd
Drafted By: Vikings

Combine Results

5.25 ?
  • 5.39 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 17 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 29.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 94.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 8.04 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.70 SEC
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

Minnesota will love Shepherd's coachability. He's a fighter who won with effort against SEC opponents. His ceiling is that of a backup as he lacks special NFL traits. --Mark Dulgerian

  • 6'4" Height
  • 32 7/8" Arm Length
  • 315LBS. Weight
  • 10" Hands



Big, tough guy who accepts the challenge willingly. Good lateral mover with ability to mirror in pass protection and redirect to get hands on moving target. Very measured, accurate initial strike when asked to climb to second level. Instinctive and plays with good timing. Takes good angles in running game.


Base will get a little narrow at times. Must improve on keeping his hands inside the framework of defender. Doesn't generate much push from leg drive and feet tend to slow after contact. Shows some stiffness in lower body. Can become better with his hand placement in running game. Average anchor.

Draft Projection

Round 6 or 7

Sources Tell Us

"He's a big, tough kid and he understands how to play the game. He's not the most talented player but he's the kind of player you love to coach." -- NFC North scout

NFL Comparison

Bradley Sowell

Bottom Line

He can mirror in pass protection and takes good angles that help him get to his zone-blocking responsibilities. He's a worker bee who can use technique and effort to win more snaps than he should against more talented players. He can be an NFL backup with the potential to become a starter.
-Lance Zierlein
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.